Sep 12th 2016, 10:16 AM
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Suburban Machinery Bars Repaired
Suburban Machinery make handlebars and selected widgets for a variety of bikes including BMWs, FZs, SVs, and the Ninja 650R. I bought a handlebar and loved it, but dropped the bike on a long trip ages ago and had to ride home with the bent bar. Not horribly bent, but noticeably “off” and uncomfortable to ride. Couldn't afford to get it fixed or buy another aftermarket, so the stock went back on. Threw the SM bar in a box and forgot about it for a time.
Now, they don't even make this style anymore. The later generations of 650R require more rise in the bar to avoid contact with the fairings. They'll work on first gen, but then it's essentially the same dimensions as my stock bars. Not much point, and fairly expensive, to buy the new SM bar just for looks. SM was happy to work with me when I bought the first one, and that hasn't changed at all.
I finally contacted SM last week and they said they'd be happy to straighten the bar as long as it wasn't kinked. I'm not sure what it would take to kink these... they're something like 1/8" wall stainless. I doubt there would be a bike left to put them on. So I took some pictures and did a little tracing to verify for both of us that they were definitely bent and could be repaired. Sent them out Friday, and got a call back today confirming all my info. They should be fixed today and in the mail tonight or tomorrow. SUBURBAN MACHINERY motorcycle accessories